'''Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.''' (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets
, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with ''The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table
'' (1858). He was also an important medical reformer.
Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
, Holmes was educated at Phillips Academy
and Harvard College
. After graduating from Harvard in 1829, he briefly studied law before turning to the medical profession. He began writing poetry at an early age; one of his most famous works, "Old Ironsides (poem)|Old Ironsides
", was published in 1830 and was influential in the eventual preservation of the USS Constitution|USS ''Constitution''
. Following training at the prestigious medical schools of Paris, Holmes was granted his M.D. from...